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Final keys handed over for new affordable homes in Worth Matravers

East Boro, part of the Aster Group, has handed over the final sets of keys to the occupiers of nine new affordable homes in the village of Worth Matravers. The development at Old Quarry Close, provides local people with much needed affordable housing to rent or buy in this popular village.

The development is made up of one and two-bedroom bungalows and two and three-bedroom houses.

Four properties were available for purchase by local first-time buyers at 75% of the market value through the Low Cost Home Ownership (LCHO) scheme, with a covenant ensuring that any resales are also to local people. The remaining five homes were let at social rent to local people nominated by Dorset Council.

Properties sold through the LCHO scheme have a restriction on resale to ensure priority is given to local people and the properties are always sold at 75% of market value. That way local people will always be able to benefit from the reduced sale price of these homes in Worth Matravers.

EBHT worked in partnership with Dorset Council over a number of years to secure planning permission for the development at Old Quarry Close as an ‘exception site’, thereby bringing affordable homes for local people to the area. Exception sites are for affordable housing development in rural locations where market housing would not normally be permitted because of planning policy.

EBHT chief executive, Kevin Hodder, said: “Affordable housing in rural areas is very hard to find, particularly in a popular village with one of the largest percentage of second homes in England. This really was years in the planning, and we couldn’t be more delighted to provide affordable homes for rent and purchase for local people in a location they love.”

Cllr Graham Carr-Jones, Dorset Council portfolio holder for housing, added: “The development of high-quality affordable housing is one of Dorset Council’s key objectives and this site of nine properties in Worth Matravers helps meet that priority. This scheme delivers much needed accommodation for local people by delivering not only affordable rented homes but low-cost home ownership.

“The council is pleased to be able to work in partnership with East Boro, part of the Aster Group, to provide homes in this rural area, meeting the housing needs of local people and sustaining the community.”

Date Posted: Tuesday 5th October 2021 @ 11:09